VFW Takes on Capitol Hill During its Annual Legislative Conference
The conference runs March 1-5
February 18, 2015
VFW members around the country are preparing to take on Washington, D.C. for the VFW’s annual Legislative Conference March 1-5.
Every year, the VFW takes the voices of America’s veterans directly to the nation’s elected lawmakers to remind them of the promises they made and to ensure they remain focused on the many issues that affect the veteran community.
Armed with the VFW’s Legislative Priority Goals for 2015, VFW members visit with their state representatives, explaining in detail the VFW’s stance on a variety of veterans’ issues and continuing the conversation about what it means to properly take care of veterans, service members and their families.
The week culminates with VFW National Commander John Stroud’s testimony before a special joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees on March 4, where Stroud will lay out the VFW’s legislative agenda for the year.
VFW National Legislative Service
The location of our Washington, D.C. office allows us to monitor all legislation affecting veterans, alert VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and to actively lobby Congress and the administration on veterans’ issues.
Everything we do on Capitol Hill is with the VFW’s priority goals and veterans’ well-being in mind. With the strength of the nearly 1.9 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!
The VFW’s National Legislative Service advocates on veterans’ behalves. By testifying at congressional committee hearings and interacting with congressional members, the VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly every piece of veterans’ legislation passed since the beginning of the 20th Century.
The VFW’s most successful and important legislative push was to make college education affordable for military service members with the signing of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, the Montgomery GI Bill in 1984, and the new Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008